Duke volleyball player called racial slurs at BYU match said school, officials failed in response

Aug 28, 2022

A Duke volleyball player who was subject to racial slurs and heckling during the Blue Devils’ match at BYU on Friday said that officials at the game and BYU officials were far too slow to help them after being made aware of what was happening.

Rachel Richardson, a sophomore outside hitter for Duke, confirmed that she and her Black teammates were heckled during the game by BYU fans. Richardson’s godmother said Saturday that Richardson was called a racial slur every time she served, was threatened by a white male and told to “watch her back” and more.

Richardson said in a lengthy statement on Twitter on Sunday morning that she and her other Black teammates were “targeted and racially heckled throughout the entirety of the match,” and that neither BYU officials nor game officials reacted well enough to help protect them both in the moment and after the contest had ended.

Source: Yahoo Sports